Are you protected? The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by various flu viruses that spread when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. About 5 to 20 percent of people in the United States get influenza each year. Flu related complications include pneumonia and dehydration, which can last one to two weeks. In some cases, the flu can also lead to death.
If you get sick with flu symptoms, stay away from others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends staying home at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or necessities. While vaccination remains the best line of defense against flu, there are simple everyday preventive actions you can take to help fight the spread of germs such as washing your hands frequently and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
"The Prescription for the Flu: Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Training Course is based on the OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic. This two-hour program is intended for employees or volunteers of all organizations, community members, students - anyone that may be affected by a potential pandemic".
Seasonal flu in the workplace can halt operations in any size organization or company. Worker absences, decreases in productivity and increased healthcare expenditures all impact the bottom line. Businesses and employers, in general, play a key role in protecting employees' health and safety, as well as in limiting the negative impact of the outbreak on the individual, the community, and the nation’s economy.
The CDC expects the influenza virus will cause illness in the coming months and suggests that everyone be prepared for the flu. Because of the serious health threat, the CDC further recommends that organizations work with their personnel to develop and implement plans that can reduce the spread of flu, and encourage seasonal flu vaccinations when the vaccines become available for distribution. Prescription for the Flu is a two-hour nationally-certified program, based on the latest OSHA Guidance document on preparing workplaces for an influenza pandemic. This course will raise awareness of the prospect of a pandemic flu outbreak, outline the serious threat it poses, and help the learner understand why this virus is capable of producing worldwide outbreaks. Participants will identify the various types of influenza strains, describe conditions that create a pandemic, recognize warning signs of an influenza epidemic. At the end of this course, learners will be competent to identify steps they can take to protect themselves and their families from the flu, and identify the actions they should take if they or their family members get the flu. This training course is meant to inform and educate management, unions, employees, volunteers of all organizations, community members and students about appropriate precautions and work practices to minimize the risk of potential employee exposure, illness, and the spread of influenza in the workplace through general prevention and preparedness strategies and in the event that a worker becomes ill. It is important to educate workers about flu symptoms and emergency warning signs. Certain groups of people are at greater risk of serious influenza-related complications. This includes pregnant women and people with certain chronic medical conditions, such as asthma and diabetes. A flu pandemic could overwhelm the health care system, close schools, and shut down businesses that communities rely on every day. No one can predict or control when or how severely a pandemic will strike, but you can take actions now that will help protect you, your loved ones, and everyone else around you. Staff absenteeism, higher or lower demand for products and services, an inability to deliver products and services, and even a lack of funding from global economic disruption could affect the functioning of organizations. That’s why all workplaces need to prepare. By developing continuity plans now, businesses can help reduce the economic impact of a pandemic.
The knowledge gained during this course will help prepare for the impact of a flu outbreak !